Staff Evaluation and AchieveNJ

On August 6, 2012, Governor Chris Christie signed the TEACHNJ Law, which is intended to "raise student achievement by improving instruction through the adoption of evaluations that provide specific feedback to educators, inform the provision of aligned professional development, and inform personnel decisions.” TEACHNJ impacts how certificated staff earn and maintain tenure by improving evaluations and opportunities for professional growth. Specifically:
  • Tenure is based on multiple measures, including student achievement and clinical observations of teacher practice through a standardized rating system.
  • Educator feedback and development is more individualized and focused on students
  • Tenure hearings are shorter, focused on process only, and less expensive

The Secaucus Public School District (SPSD) has reaffirmed its mission to actively promote student achievement by helping the certificated educator community by using clinical evaluation to gather data and timely and focused feedback designed to improve overall instruction.

The teacher is the most significant factor affecting students' achievement.  The administrative staff, in conjunction with the SEA intend to support the professionals who interact with children on a daily basis by providing them professional development tailored to their needs. By supporting teachers, students will achieve. And when students achieve, our entire community benefits.

 The purpose of this website is to outline SPSD’s evaluation process. Use it as reference to help teachers, observers, and administrators understand the district’s processes for observing, documenting, and evaluating classroom instruction and overall teacher performance.

AchieveNJ Evaluation System

The NJ state­mandated AchieveNJ evaluation and support concept centers around several guiding principles:

  • Educator effectiveness can and should be measured to ensure our students have the best teachers in the classroom.
  • Evaluations should always be based on multiple measures that include both learning outcomes and effective practice. No teacher or principal should ever be assessed based on test scores alone, much less a single test. 
  • Timely feedback and high-­quality professional development, tied to evaluations, are essential to help educators improve. 
  • Evaluation and support systems should be developed with significant input from educators. 
  • Tenure and other forms of recognition should be based on effectiveness. As stated in the 2012 tenure law, educators should be recognized and rewarded based on the outcome of meaningful evaluations rather than simply time served. 

Empowering Secaucus Teachers

The SPSD believes that  professional development should be an educator's lifelong commitment. Furthermore, communication between the evaluators and the teacher is a critical to the success of the overall district. Receiving timely, tailored feedback from multiple trained and calibrated evaluators is an integral part of the reflective and iterative nature of the educator evaluation process.

The focus of our evaluation system is to improve the quality of instruction and impact student performance through collaborative, professional conversations focused on growth. This purpose can best be achieved by establishing an evaluation system comprised of an integrated set of components that include gathering data, sharing information, and providing opportunities for professional growth experiences.

The SPSD has been using the Danielson model for staff evaluations since the early days of the EE4NJ pilot system. For the 2015-2016 school year, we will be using Charlotte Danielson's Framework For Teaching (2007) with Realtime's evaluation module. 

Using Danielson with Realtime will provide evaluators and evaluatees the familiar language of the Danielson model with the ease of use and "one stop shopping" of Realtime.